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Hello, guys! Glad to meet you again for this week’s review of Haikyuu!! Karasuno Koukou vs Shiratorizawa Gakuen Koukou! As mentioned in the previous episode’s review, this is the mid-season of the show. Moreover, this episode is where we can witness the third set of the breathtaking volleyball match between Shiratorizawa and Karasuno. What more is in store for us in this episode? Read on to find out more!
Japanese Original Episode Title: 個 VS 数
In this third set, Tendou was slowly keeping his eyes on Tsukishima as the latter was able to block off Ushijima, allowing Karasuno to take the previous set. The thing to note about this episode is how fast Shiratorizawa recovered from their setback. Remember that it took Tsukishima two whole sets of careful planning for Shirabu to falter in setting up the ball to Ushijima? Well, it only took one time-out for Shirabu to get his head back in the game.
The episode contained Shirabu’s monologue too. It explained how Shirabu chose Shiratorizawa over other volleyball powerhouses. Even though there are other schools where he can be a setter, he chose Shiratorizawa because it embodied his ideals in volleyball. He believed in Shiratorizawa – in Ushijima, in particular.
Since Shirabu was concentrating on the game again, Ushijima’s strong spikes were back in action too. Of course, this pissed off Nishinoya. It was frustrating for him, as a libero, if he can’t receive the opponent’s spike cleanly, regardless of who it was from.
The whole episode was basically a seesaw of points between Shiratorizawa and Karasuno.
The part that we are always looking forward to in every episode – the episode highlights! Are there any hair-raising spikes or goosebump-inducing serves in this episode? Let’s find out then! Here are the best moments of the Haikyuu!! characters here in this episode:
Highlight #1: Tendou Locks on to Tsukishima
In this third set, Tendou takes note of Tsukishima. After all, it was the latter who made it possible for the Karasuno blockers to block off Ushijima and thus allow Karasuno to take the previous set. They had various ‘talks’ during the whole episode too.
Highlight #2: Ushijima and Hinata
On another note, Ushijima and Hinata had a short encounter as their teams were exchanging courts. Ushijima, being who he is, plainly stated his observations – that if Hinata can’t fight with his height, how else could he fight if he is also clumsy with his receives and serves? Hinata took this as a taunt. He even noted how Kageyama and Ushijima are the same in some ways. That ensured a bit of hilarity as Kageyama thought that Hinata is referring to their strong spike when in fact Hinata meant their irritating attitude.
Highlight #3: Tsukishima, Asahi, and Nishinoya
On to the next play, Tsukishima seems to be already used to the timing of Ushijima’s attack. He even asks Asahi to do this and that so that their guardian deity can receive Ushijima’s spike right on. The play was successful. Asahi was even able to pull off a counter.
Highlight #4: Simple-minded Goshiki
Goshiki is indeed a very simple-minded guy. When the Shiratorizawa coach gets mad because of his failed follow up, he gets depressed about it for a bit. He immediately cheers up when Reon tells him that the coach is expecting a lot from Shiratorizawa’s future ace.
Highligh #5: Tsukishima vs Tendou
As both Tsukishima and Tendou are blockers and yet have different views on blocking, it is evident that they would eventually come to a clash. For Tendou, blocking is all about instinct. On the other hand, Tsukishima thinks that blocking should instead be systematic. Both these players try to prove that their type of block is superior.
Highlight #6: Failed Synchronized Attack
Betting on their number, Karasuno executes a synchronized attack to gain a point. However, their plan fails as Shiratorizawa’s Kawanishi singlehandedly blocks off the spike. The Karasuno boys are stunned that their synchro play was read and blocked off just like that.
Highlight #7: Coach Ukai the Older Appears
Although this is not Grandpa Ukai’s first appearance in the show, this is the first time he watches Karasuno’s official match. He proves to be a strong presence to reckon with, both on and off the court.
Highlight #8: One-Step Back
Coach Ukai instructs the Karasuno boys to prepare for a certain type of receive by taking one step back. They succeed in receiving without relying on Hinata or Tanaka’s fast reflexes. However, their opportunity to score a point for this play is mowed down by self-proclaimed ‘miracle boy’ Tendou.
Highlight #9: Frustrated Hinata
Ushijima’s taunts are sure to break anyone’s heart – but not Hinata’s. In fact, it just lit a fire in him. Due to Ushijima’s words, he is able to unlock another weapon in his arsenal which made a lot of people’s jaw drop – both those on and off the court!
Highlight #10: Karasuno’s Break
Unlocking Hinata’s new weapon allows for a more varied attack from Karasuno. The execution isn’t all that perfect. However, with everyone’s support, Hinata is able to get a one-touch of Ushijima’s spike. Consequently, by jumping almost everywhere in front of the blockers, he successfully lures away Tendou from blocking Tanaka’s spike, ultimately leading to Karasuno’s break point.
With this fifth episode, Haikyuu!! is already halfway through the season now. This season of Haikyuu!! will reportedly only have ten episodes so the show is already nearing the climax. It may be the producer’s intention to feature in this episode the third set of the five-set match to coincide with that fact.
This volleyball match is getting more and more exciting. I guarantee that you won’t be able to leave your seat in the next episode as the match heats up to its climax. I don’t know about you guys but I am already begging for the next episode to come out. I just can’t wait! Look forward for next week’s review of Haikyuu!! here in Manga.Tokyo!
Don’t forget to read the rest of our episodic reviews in our Fall 2016 section!
NEXT TIME: The Chemical Change of Encounters, Deai No Kagaku Henka (出会いの化学変化)